Freedom of Information champion

With at least 99-percent outstanding performance rating in compliance and response in the electronic freedom of information portal, the Philippine Statistics Authority was awarded as one of the top-performing government agencies in the 2019 Freedom of Information Awards by the Presidential Communications Operations Office on Dec. 12, 2019.

Freedom of Information champion
From left: FOI  program  coordinator  and assistant  secretary  Atty.  Michel  Kristian  Ablan, PSA knowledge management and communications division chief Simonette Nisperos and Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Marvin Gatpayat.
The 2019 FOI Awards, headed by the PCOO, was established pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 3, s. 2019, which aims to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of government agencies, individuals and organizations in the pursuit of ensuring the constitutional mandate of the right to information.

Simonette Nisperos, chief of the Knowledge Management and Communications Division, received the plaque of recognition on behalf of the PSA.

For three years in a row, the PSA continues to be recognized for its exceptional and significant contribution to the FOI’s continuous advancement. Since the first FOI Awards in 2017, the FOI Champion award was conferred to the PSA among 268 participating agencies. And last year, the PSA was also recognized as the agency with the highest number of eFOI requests.

“As national statistician and civil registrar general, I am proud to lead an organization that is recognized by others as excellent,” said PSA head Claire Dennis Mapa.

“This honor bestowed to the PSA is a manifestation of our efforts in adhering to the FOI program. The PSA will continue to be innovative in developing ways of providing easily available quality information through its communications and dissemination programs,” Mapa said.

Topics: electronic freedom of information portal , Philippine Statistics Authority , 2019 Freedom of Information Awards
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